St. John Bosco names new vice principal of academic affairs

Experienced school administrator and professor,  Edgar Salmingo, Jr., has been named Vice Principal of Academic Affairs at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.

The announcement was made this week by the school’s principal, Dr. Christian De Larkin.

Salmingo has served as Associate Principal for Academic Life at La Salle High School in Pasadena since 2014.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Educational Technology programs at California State University, Fullerton, and Concordia University in Irvine.  

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A former teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, he was also Director of Educational Technology at Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello for two years prior to joining the administration at La Salle.  

Salmingo is currently earning his Doctor of Education, Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. His Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering was earned in 2004 from University of California, Irvine, and he received his Master of Arts, Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2008.

Upon making the announcement,  Dr. Christian De Larkin, principal, commented, “I am excited to welcome Edgar to the St. John Bosco family to lead our academic programs.  Edgar’s history of excellence in and outside of the classroom has equipped him to positively impact our academic growth, as we continue to operate at the intersection of innovation and tradition. Edgar’s unwavering passion for student success is a perfect fit for Bosco.”

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In his 11 years of experience as an educator, he has led a host of academic initiatives, including the creation of the Marine Science Academy at St. Anthony High School in partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  He has taught AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB/BC, and AP Biology, as well as coached the Academic Decathlon team at La Salle High School to back-to-back championships and a top-10 finish in the World Scholar’s Cup at the Tournament of Champions at Yale University. 

As an instructional leader, he has launched 1:1 iPad programs at three different high schools; built and co-wrote new UC-approved pathway programs in Digital Game Design, Introduction to Law and Sports Medicine; and implemented research-based, schoolwide initiatives in instruction, assessment, and homework that increased standardized test scores and college acceptance rates.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the team of educators at St. John Bosco High School,” remarked Mr. Salmingo upon his acceptance of the position. “I am eager to join them in preparing all of our students for academic and spiritual success by engaging them with their own passions and purpose, teaching them critical skills, and inspiring them to better our global community. Together as a community, we will advance Bosco’s mission and reputation as an outstanding college preparatory high school.”

Edgar Salmingo, Jr., and his wife Dr. Jennifer Salmingo are parents of two young sons, Trey, 5, and Landon, 3.  They are residents of La Palma.

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Alan Drew to discuss new book at Cerritos Library

CERRITOS - Author Alan Drew will discuss and sign copies of his psychological thriller "Shadow Man" in the Cerritos Library Skyline Room at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 3. The free event is open to the public.

Drew’s “Shadow Man” is about a community rocked by a serial killer and a dark secret. The book is loosely based on Richard Ramirez, “The Night Stalker” who terrorized Southern California during the summer of 1985 when Drew was a teenager.

The book will be available for purchase at the program.

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Drew is an associate professor of English at Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he directs the creative writing program. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a teaching/writing fellowship.

His critically acclaimed debut novel, “Gardens of Water,” has been translated into 10 languages and published in nearly two dozen countries.  

Cerritos Library is located at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue. For more information, call (562) 916-1342.

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Rio Hondo College hires new vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Laura Ramirez, who has served in administrative roles for East Los Angeles College since 2002, began as Rio Hondo College’s vice president of academic affairs on July 5.

Dr. Laura Ramirez, who has served in administrative roles for East Los Angeles College since 2002, began as Rio Hondo College’s vice president of academic affairs on July 5.

WHITTIER –  Rio Hondo College’s new vice president of academic affairs brings a background rich in community college leadership, an understanding of high school curriculum, including accelerated learning programs, oversight of academic departments and leadership on construction projects.

Dr. Laura Ramirez, who is currently vice president of academic affairs for East Los Angeles College (ELAC), began her new post on July 5.

She replaces JoAnna Schilling, who held the job on an interim basis before leaving to lead Cypress College as its president.

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“Dr. Ramirez understands the demands of community colleges, including the challenges faced by our high schools and the need to effectively connect with our community as we build our programs and services,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “We’re very excited she is joining us.”

Ramirez’s hiring was approved by the Board of Trustees at its June 14 meeting.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the exciting mission at Rio Hondo College,” Ramirez said. “This is a college that is taking bold steps to ensure our students have the best possible opportunities to pursue their higher education dreams.”

She received an Associate of Arts degree from ELAC, a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from UCLA, a Master of Science in analytical chemistry from Cal State Fullerton and a doctorate of education in community college leadership from Cal State Fullerton.

Her previous posts include serving as science department chair and an instructor from 1999 to 2002 at Don Bosco Technical Institute, where she developed Advanced Placement chemistry programs and participated in a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation self-study.

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Her career then shifted to community college, with three posts at ELAC. First, Ramirez served from 2002 to 2006 as a department chair and professor for ELAC’s chemistry department, where she again participated in the accreditation process. For the next six years, she worked as the ELAC dean of academic affairs and career technical education.

In September 2012, she became ELAC’s vice president of academic affairs. In this post, she supervised 12 academic deans, led or supervised instructional and workforce programs, developed collegewide collaboration initiatives, and provide insight and leadership for $100 million in construction projects.

“Dr. Ramirez brings a strong background in community college leadership that will be of great benefit to Rio Hondo College, especially as we continue to strengthen our student support programs, revise our placement of students in basic skills classes and bolster the rigor of our academic offerings,” Board of Trustees President Norma Edith Garcia said.

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